The Mixology Talk Podcast, Episode Thirteen

This week we’re welcoming our first podcast guest – all the way from Charlotte NC, who’s going to talk a little about two of his favorite cocktail ingredients and how to use them in drinks!

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In today’s Episode…

We’re chatting about Bob’s two favorite ingredients to work with today – Fernet Branca and Cardinal Gin!

What’s Cardinal Gin?

Cardinal Gin is a very recent (only four year old) addition to the market.  It’s a gin produced by Southern American Spirits, a local distillery located in North Carolina.  The gin could be considered “New American Style”, meaning it has less of an emphasis on Juniper and more on other herbs and botanicals.  One big difference between Cardinal Gin and most other Gins out there is that it’s actually aged in wood barrels – something that definitely adds to the flavor!

If you’re someone who doesn’t like Gin, it might be worth giving them a try!

Here’s How to Make Bob’s Sage Watermelon Cardinal Gin Fizz:

  • Cut seedless watermelon into one inch cubes
  • Muddle one lime wedge & two cubes of watermelon in a Pint glass
  • Add ice
  • .75oz of Sage Syrup (Instructions below)
  • 1 oz Cardinal Gin
  • Fill with ginger ale or soda water depending on desired sweetness (try a ginger Kombucha for a nice twist)
  • Shake & pour over fresh ice
  • Garnish with watermelon cube

To make the Sage Syrup:

Heat about two handfulls of sage and about 1/2 a liter of water in a pot on the stove.  Turn off the heat just before it boils and add about 1 cup of sugar. (Feel free to adjust sugar to your taste.)  Let the syrup sit for 30 minutes to an hour before straining out the leaves.

Photo by Piper Warlick

What’s Fernet?

Fernet Branca is a type of Amaro, which is a spirit that generally has some bitterness and a lot of strong herbal and sometimes medicinal flavors.  Fernet is a very popular drink among bartenders but can be pretty intense the first time you drink it.  If you’re looking for a “baby step” into enjoying Fernet, try it with Coke or in Bob’s recipe below!

The Fernet Sour:

  • Muddle one lime wedge and one lemon wedge in a pint glass
  • Add 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz Fernet Branca
  • 1 Egg White

Shake vigorously until a thick foam is created.  Then strain into a coupe or martini glass and garnish with orange rind.

Photo by Bob Peters

Visit Bob!

You can find him in Charlotte at the Pisces Sushi Bar and Lounge

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